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School pupils discover what it takes to be a scientist at Biomedical Sciences taster workshops

Biomedical Sciences 10 August 2016

Secondary school students and academic staff at the science taster session

This summer the University of Westminster’s Department of Biomedical Sciences welcomed 10 school pupils on campus to learn how to examine human cells and diagnose cancerous properties in a laboratory setting, helped by prominent Westminster researchers.

The year 10, 11 and 12 students came from a diverse array of schools across North London, West London and Hertfordshire for a week-long series of workshops taking place in the University of Westminster’s laboratories.

The pupils were assisted by University technical staff, Level 5 Biomedical Sciences students and several academics including Dr Miriam Dwek for cancer biology, Dr Mohammed Gulrez Zariwala for obesity and metabolism, Mrs Carol D'Souza for blood sciences and Dr Carly Wood for physiology and exercise.

The students studied cancer cells and malaria under the microscope, and undertook physiological measurements following exercise and using aseptic cell culture. They also learnt about the EbolaCheck diagnostic device from Dr Sterghios Moschos who contributed to developing the equipment last year after receiving a research grant of £620,000.

The students enjoyed spending a week in a laboratory setting and having a taste of Biomedical Sciences. The Taster Week received excellent feedback, and comments from pupils included: "This was a great course, good experience", "Thanks I really enjoyed myself and learnt a lot", "Everyone was really nice", "The course has helped me decide what I would like to study at university" and “Thank you for such a great week”.

Dr Miriam Dwek, Reader, Course Leader for MSc Biomedical Sciences and Leader of the University of Westminster's Breast Cancer Research Unit, said: “We very much look forward to running another course of its type next year and to welcoming the next cohort of students to our laboratories.”

Learn more about Biomedical Sciences at the University of Westminster.

For further information about the Biomedical Sciences Taster Week, please contact Dr Miriam Dwek.

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